FY 1999 proposal 198740700

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198740700 Narrative Narrative

Section 1. Administrative

Proposal titleDworshak Impacts/M&E & Biological-Integrated Rule Curves
Proposal ID198740700
OrganizationNez Perce Tribe (NPT)
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
NameDavid P. Statler
Mailing address3404 Hwy. 12 Orofino, ID 83544
Phone / email2084767417 / statlerd@clearwater.net
Manager authorizing this project
Review cycleFY 1999
Province / SubbasinLower Snake / Clearwater
Short descriptionObtains data to monitor and evaluate the impacts of Dworshak Dam operations on the reservoir ecosystem and to formulate biological/integrated rule curves.
Target speciesbull trout (proposed ESA listing ) westslope cutthroat trout kokanee smallmouth bass
Project location
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Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

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Section 2. Past accomplishments

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Section 3. Relationships to other projects

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Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design phase

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Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation phase

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Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance phase

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Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation phase

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Section 8. Estimated budget summary

Itemized budget
ItemNoteFY 1999 cost
Personnel $116,957
Fringe $25,712
Supplies $2,110
Operating $17,388
Travel $1,900
Indirect $47,908
Subcontractor $38,025
$250,000
Total estimated budget
Total FY 1999 cost$250,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA funds$0
Total FY 1999 budget request$250,000
FY 1999 forecast from 1998$0
% change from forecast0.ToString("0.0%"))
Cost sharing
OrganizationItem or service providedAmountCash or in-kind
Outyear budget totals

(working on it)

Other budget explanation

Schedule Constraints: Successful scheduling may be influenced by the amount of effort required to calibrate the rule curve modeling effort to compensate for unforeseen influences on reservoir dynamics. Additional data needs for calibration or other purposes may extend the planning phase. Listing of weak native stocks (e.g., bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout) would increase ESA coordination costs, could increase the cost of fish sampling


Reviews and recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

Recommendation:
Fundable
Date:
May 13, 1998

Comment:

Presentation: The goal of this project is to maintain a productive healthy reservoir while serving the flood control, power production and flow augmentation needs. We are following Montana's lead on the rule curves and hope the Dworshak IRCs are implemented upon Council approval. The Tribes objectives are consistent with Idaho's objectives for Dworshak.

Questions/Answers:

When will the rule curves be done? Answer: We hope to submit them to the Council in 2000.

Do they include power? Answer: We started with biological curves and will work toward integrated rule curves.

Will you consider the biological opinion? Answer: We do look at it. The steelhead report just came out. We don't expect the Recovery Plan to hit the street before the IRCs are released.

What is the best-use practice at Dworshak? Answer: We have populations of native endangered chinook spawning below Dworshak. We have to consider the needs of the whole system -- resident fish and spawning, rearing, and passage for anadromous fish.

What is the budget ($175,000 to $250,000) increase for? Answer: The increase will cover modeling work and sub-contractors. We are coordinating with Brian Marotz to share data from the templates. The budget increase in 2001 is to finalize the modeling, but we may not need it.

Densities in the drawdown zones look similar to Hungry Horse. Can money be saved there?

Does the model include a thermodynamics unit to look at downstream temperature and temperature modifications? Answer: Yes. An instream flow study of the Clearwater River below Dworshak showed different scenarios. Temperature is an important factor.

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes


Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
May 13, 1998

Comment:


Recommendation:
Inadequate
Date:
Jun 18, 1998

Comment:

This proposal is for work to identify dam-operation strategies to mimic a natural downstream hydrograph. The goal, understanding dam consequences on river hydrology and biology, is important to the fish and wildlife program. However, the proposal is often vague and confusing. In particular, methods are vague and there appears to be confusion of reservoir versus river health. The proposal states that rule curves will be based on analysis of plankton, which indicate reservoir conditions, but does not describe monitoring fish. The proposal emphasizes that there is potentially a difficult compromise between benefits for downstream anadromous fish versus above-dam resident fish.